Yanagisawa A991Professional Alto Saxophone - with high F# Made in Japan! This is one of the finest modern saxophones. Incredible intonation and a bright, vibrant tone.Yanagisawa still handcrafts each of their saxophones in Japan and the quality is just incredible. This sax is in great condition overall. It was used professionally for several years so it does show some scratches throughout the body, however nothing major.
There is a tiny ding on the bow, shown in the photos. There are also scratches on the upper thumb rest as well. Please take a look at the photos, the sax is in very clean condition overall. Includes original Yanagisawa hard case which does show some signs of wear on the exterior but is in structurally great condition. Pads are in great shape.
Sax has been in storage for approximately 5 years, I would recommend the sax receive a service and adjustment before active playing. This saxophone is ready for a new home where someone can enjoy this fantastic instrument! The new owner will be pleased with this sax! Please note, this is a Yanagisawa a991 model (currently known as the Elite line), not a 901(currently known as Professional line) which is their intermediate model.
For reference, please review this model comparison offered by Kessler & Sons Music who is one of the largest Yanagisawa retailers in the United States. Professional Series 901, 901 WO1 & WO2. Elite Series 991 , 992, 9930, 9933, 9932J, 9935, 9937 WO10, WO20, WO30, WO33, WO32, WO35 & WO37. The principle difference is the overall mass to the sax , primarily through the construction style of the key posts to the body.
With the Professional series (alto, tenor & bari), each post is individually soldered on to the body. On the Elite Series (alto, tenor and bari), large groups of posts are first attached to a large brass rib and then that entire rib is attached to the body. This ribbed construction places more metal on to the body tube thus increasing the mass of the sax. This extra mass produces a richer, more focused tone.
The single post models produce a brighter, more open tone. The Elite Series altos and tenors also change the orientation of the octave key on the neck. The Professional Series uses a standard top mount octave key whereas the alto & tenor in the Elite Series use an underslung mechanism. Most would think this is merely a cosmetic/technical improvement.
The reality is that the braces used on the underslung design change the weight distribution on the neck and change the overall weight. The neck itself is the most sensitive to weight/mass changes and so the increase of weight on the Elite Series neck also gives a warmer tone.
The item "Yanagisawa A991 Professional Alto Saxophone with high F# JAPAN GREAT SHAPE" is in sale since Monday, September 21, 2020. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Wind & Woodwind\Band & Orchestral\Saxophones". The seller is "musiclo73" and is located in Long Beach, California. This item can be shipped to United States.